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Written by Student Rights on 14 March 2014 at 5pm

Al-Muhajiroun-linked extremists on campus in London (Update: Statement released by Queen Mary)

UPDATE II: On 26th June 2014 'Need4Khilafah' was recognised by the British government as an alias for the banned terrorist group Al-Muhajiroun and was proscribed, making membership or support of the group illegal.

UPDATE: A spokesperson for Queen Mary University has been quoted by the East London Advertiser as saying of these groups:

We believe that our students have the intelligence and powers of discrimination to judge for themselves the merits or otherwise of opinions put forward and views debated, whether on or off campus.

We monitor groups who have an interest in our student body, and where we suspect their activity is a cause for concern, we will always seek the support and guidance of the relevant authorities”.

Material has been uncovered showing members of ‘Need for Khilafah’, which appears to be a new front-group for the banned extremist group Al-Muhajiroun, approaching students on London university campuses.

In two videos shared on YouTube by an account called ‘Need4Khilafah’ and linked to from the group’s website, members appear at Queen Mary University and the London School of Economics (LSE).

In the first video, published on the 29th January an individual called Abu Sayfullah criticises democracy at Queen Mary University, and asks a student:

If God had already sent down a law for man, why does man need to make up a new law? Is the law God sent down not good enough for man?

The second is more worrying given that it features the former Al-Muhajiroun member and convicted terrorist Abdul Muhid, jailed for soliciting to murder in 2007, at the London School of Economics just a few days ago.  

Muhid was behind the ‘Muslim Prisoners’ website set up in early 2012 which called for prisoners to fake reform so that they could be released to be “combatants” in “a state of war” against Britain once again.

He denied that the website had condoned or glorified terrorism, yet it included writings from individuals including fertiliser bomb plot convict Salahuddin Amin, 21/7 attacker Hussain Osman, and Roshonara Choudhry, convicted of the attempted murder of Stephen Timms MP.

The ‘Need for Khilafah’ group regularly shares videos of Anjem Choudary and other Al-Muhajiroun-linked members including Muhid on Facebook, YouTube, and its website.

These feature Abu Baraa, also known as Mizanur Rahman, convicted of soliciting to murder and sentenced to six years in prison, and Abu Izzadeen, jailed for four years in 2008 after being convicted of terrorist fund-raising and inciting terrorism overseas.

The group's website provides a booklet “taken from a lecture by Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad” on its website, and hosts video of one of Bakri’s speeches.  

One of the men behind the foundation of Al-Muhajiroun, Bakri Muhammad was barred from the UK in 2005, and was suspected of inspiring a 2007 plot to behead a serving British soldier.  

In another booklet found on the website entitled ‘British or Muslim’, the group states that:

“Being a British Member of Parliament is an act of apostasy”

It also attacks the police and Armed Forces, stating that:

It is completely prohibited for anyone to be part of such an entity since they protect the kufr”.

That this organisation is targeting students in this way is deeply concerning given that nearly one in five individuals convicted of terrorism offences in the last decade have had links to Al-Muhajiroun and its successor organisations.

This includes Michael Adebolajo, recently given a whole life sentence for the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

Adebolajo attended the group’s demonstrations whilst a student, and was briefly jailed in 2006 after punching a police officer at one called in support of Mizanur Rahman.

Here at Student Rights we would urge universities and students to be aware of the risk posed by this group and its members, and hope that they will be alert to any further attempts to come onto campuses.